Who: Aaron Olson and Kim Anderson What: Handlebar Coffee Where: Santa Barbara, California
It's no accident former competitive cyclists Aaron Olson and Kim Andersen are running a wonderful micro roaster in Santa Barbara: they're used to training hard, crazy physical demands, and diehard determination. In fact, the qualities that made them star athletes have helped turn them into the star small business owners of Handlebar Coffee.
Intense would be one word for this beer. Insane would be another. This is an imperial IPA from the folks who are largely credited with inventing the IPA, after all. With a beer that's been brewed, dry-hopped, and torpedoed with resinous whole-cone hops, we're talking about a serious hop situation here.
Summer may be officially over, but the rosé wine season is still with us – at least in my book. This 2012 Etude Pinot Noir Rosé is not just for summer sipping. In fact its more full body and roundness makes it ideal for autumn fare and merits its higher price tag.
Every year it's the same. September's calendar page opens up, and I'm seized with a sudden panic: I didn't eat enough watermelon! If you feel the same, here's a clever way to slurp up an extra serving of watermelon at the end of the summer.
I'm a big tea drinker and so when friends shared a post from Food Babe on what's really in the tea that we drink, I was very interested. I took a look at the post and according to Food Babe and her sources, depending on the brand, there might be a lot of chemicals and pesticides not only in tea, but in the tea bags as well. Have you read about this? Do you pay attention to the ingredients in your tea?
Are you confused about wine and food pairings? Do you look at wine store shelves with blank stares and utter confusion? Fret no more because Bottlerocket in New York's Flatiron district will solve all of your food and wine pairing needs. In a revolutionary approach, Bottlerocket organizes their wines by food pairings, complete with takeout suggestions and takeout menus!
In the past couple of weeks, thousands of parents packed lunches, stuffed backpacks, combed down cowlicks and put up proud posts on Facebook of smiling little ones headed back to school. For us, this meant our annual back-to-school party to kick off the new year, complete with water ice, tug-of-war, fireworks, and of course, a crowd-pleasing bar set-up —one suitable for both kids and parents.
Where I live, fall is not in the air. The late summer heat is relentless and there will be no hot apple ciders or spiced cakes in my near future, which is why I love this idea from the blog Will Cook For Friends: chai-spiced tea cubes served in a glass of icy-cold milk. It's a way to enjoy the warm spices of autumn in a cool, refreshing treat!
Our Good Question yesterday about favorite Trader Joe's beers reminded me that I've had this bottle from TJ's stashed away for a few weeks — it's high time we gave it a taste! Brewed by Rhinelander Brewing Co. for Trader Joe's, this brown ale with its promise of sweet roasted malts and moderate hop bitterness sounds like just the beer to take us into fall.